March 2 - April 25
Screenwriting: Writing Your First Act (Mar. 2020)
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David Schwab

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Learn how to give shape and form to your completed screenplay outline with an experienced screenwriter as your guide. During this eight-week course you will learn techniques for crafting scenes, developing character, and writing dialogue as you continue to hone the working draft of your screenplay’s first act. Sessions will include presentation and discussion on topics tailored to course participants, and breakout sessions to give feedback on individual works-in-progress. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, March 2 - April 25
  • SCHEDULE: Mondays, 10:30am - 12:30pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Monday, March 2, 10:30am - 1:30pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Monday, April 13, 10:30am - 1:30pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between April 19 - 25

Lead Instructor
David Schwab, is a screenwriter based in New York City. Since 2014, Mr. Schwab has been an adjunct professor of screen writing at the Graduate Film school at Columbia University. He has also taught at the French film program, La Femis. more...
Advisor
New York, NY, USA
Born and raised in India, Sushma is a writer/director based in New York City. She ran her own production company for several years, making commissioned documentaries and commercials before switching to narrative fiction. more...
Advisor
Éva Gárdos is an award-winning film director and editor born in Hungary which she left at the age of six. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos her first job in film, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic APOCALYPSE NOW in the Philippines. “That was my film school.” She went on to establish a career as a film editor (VALLEY GIRL, MASK, BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA) working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston. “All of the films I worked on had a dark side,” she recalls. “I’m always attracted to books, movies, art and music that are dangerous, oddly beautiful and funny in weird ways.” Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY, starred a young Scarlett Johansson. The film is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Hungary in the 1950’s and being forced to leave their infant child (Éva) behind. more...

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